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Owing to a tropical climate and plenty of exposure to the sea, Okinawa proves to be a great place to grow fruit in Japan. Some of the tastiest and most colorful produce found anywhere on the archipelago comes from the southernmost islands, ranging from sour offerings to sweeter snacks. All of them are great to eat on their own — but they work just as well when transformed into candy or other eats. Luckily, many great examples pop up in Wowbox’s February Omiyage Box and the Tabi Box!
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Of the myriad foods Okinawa calls its own, Okinawan black sugar (known in Japanese as “kokuto”) is among the most famous from the region. Grown across the island making up this prefecture, Okinawan prefecture has a unique taste and also carries health benefits contributing to the long lifespan of Okinawans. But, do you know 8 islands in Okinawa all produce black sugar, and they all taste different? Read more to find out!

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Okinawa boasts no shortage of great ingredients and dishes, with one of the highlights being the purple beni imo, a purple sweet potato featuring a unique taste. Okashigoten, a confectionary maker located on the main island of Okinawa in the island chain, is renowned for their take on the purple treat, turning it into a tasty tart that has become one of the top souvenirs from the region!

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